Funding Opportunity: Winter Support Grants for those working in the criminal justice system

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income under £250,000 can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work through the winter.

After working closely with HMPPS and MoJ to advocate for the sector, Clinks are distributing £143,500 on behalf of Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to support small and specialist organisations. There's a particular focus on organisations that are black, Asian and minority ethnic led and focussed, and those supporting people with protected characteristics.

This round of funding includes some quite specific eligibility criteria so please do read the below, and the detailed criteria document, carefully and get in touch with Clinks if you have any questions.

Who should apply?

  • Clinks want to hear from organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £250,000 annual income who are currently delivering services to support people in prison, through-the-gate or in the community, and who have been impacted financially by Covid-19.

  • They are keen to hear from organisations working across the breadth of the voluntary sector in England and Wales, in particular BAME-led and -focussed organisations and those delivering specialist services for people with protected characteristics.

What will be funded?

  • Activities and resources which help organisations deliver support to people in the criminal justice system during the crisis. For example, this could be additional equipment or a contribution towards a salary or core costs. Grants  are likely to be £3,000 - £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £10,000.

  • The funding is not for activity already delivered by Community Rehabilitation Companies, but can complement it.

  • You must not already have secured funding from other sources for the same activity.

What to expect

  • If needed, Clinks can support applicants with their application.

  • Applications will be considered by a panel of Clinks, HMPPS and a philanthropic funder.

  • The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 4th January 2021. A high number of applications is anticipated and you are encouraged to submit your application early if at all possible.

  • Clinks will aim to inform applicants of the outcome by Tuesday 12th January and to release funding to organisations from Wednesday 27th January.

  • Funded organisations must spend the money by 31st March 2021, update their profile on our Directory of Offender Services, and submit a short report at the end of the programme.

This funding will be targeted to the smallest, most vulnerable organisations, some of which might otherwise face collapse. 

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 4th January 2021, although early applications are encouraged to allow the panel to review applications as they come in.

Download the application form and supporting documentation here

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